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Marla Deshong (born 1974) is an American Christian author and speaker.
Marla received a B.A. in English and Communications from Purdue University and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has worked with a number of authors, pastors and ministry leaders, and speaks at schools, churches, and conferences. She also serves as a professional editor and "book doctor" to help prepare others' books for publication.
An author of nonfiction, fiction and poetry, Marla has won several poetry competitions, including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize in 2006, worth $10,000. Marla was a winner of the Writer's Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition for Nonrhyming Poetry. Her poem "Constellation" won first prize in the 2009 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
For five years, Marla worked as a writer and editor for Insight for Living, Chuck Swindoll's international Bible-teaching ministry in Plano, Texas. She then worked as a writer and editor for East-West Ministries, a church planting and missions organization in Addison, Texas. Articles written by Marla been published by Kindred Spirit, a publication of Dallas Theological Seminary.
- "Dorothy Sargent Prizes Awarded for 2006" Accessed August 16, 2008.
Marla has written, co-authored or edited over 30 books and Bible study guides, many through Insight for Living. Her books include Generation Hex: Understanding the Subtle Dangers of Wicca (Harvest House Publishers, August 2008) (with Dillon Burroughs); and Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship (Moody Publishers, July 2009).